Title-winning podiums go to waste at Anfield as Manchester City win at Brighton to ensure Liverpool do not lift first Premier League title.
It was all set up by the Premier League in case Liverpool pulled off a dramatic title win on the final but the winners’ podiums ultimately went to waste at Anfield on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were ready to capitalise on a slip-up from challengers Manchester City, who led the division by a single point ahead of the final game of the season.
Podiums and trophies were stationed at both Anfield and the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, where City were playing, so the league had all bases covered with the title changing hands a number of times over a thrilling 90 minutes.
Liverpool beat Wolves 2-0 and finished the season on 97 points but it still was not enough to win their first league title in 29 years.
Premier League officials had both podiums and trophies on hand at the two grounds in case of a late turnaround.
The real trophy was stationed at the AMEX while a replica was on hand at Anfield should it have been required
Previous seasons where the title has rested on the final round of matches, a helicopter has been on hand to quickly transport the trophy from one ground to another but that was not used this time around.
A brace on the day from Sadio Mane ensured Liverpool kept up their end of the bargain and their supporters had hope when Brighton took a shock lead against Manchester City through Glenn Murray.
But that hope was soon extinguished when Sergio Aguero netted a minute later.
City dominated thereafter and then the goals flowed for the defending champions through Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan in a resounding 4-1 win.
Liverpool now turn attentions to the Champions League final when they face Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on June 1.